Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Correctional Lieutenant Donald Neiswinger died from complications after contracting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during an ongoing global pandemic.
After becoming infected while on duty at the Pendleton Correctional Facility near Pendleton, he was hospitalized at IU Health Bloomington Hospital where he remained until he passed away.
Correctional Lieutenant Neiswinger, from Spencer, was assigned to the Reception Diagnostic Center. He also served as a captain with the Owen Valley Fire Territory in Spencer for 22 years.
He was survived by his wife, Rachel Deniece (née Salyers); son, Kyle; daughters, Natalie Jo (Ethan Rogers) and Lyndsey; and sister, Faye (John) Wrightsman.
Indiana Army National Guard
• Correctional Lieutenant Neiswinger is also honored as a fire captain on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
• Correctional Lieutenant Neiswinger is the first of five Indiana line of duty deaths in 2022.